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Court: Massachusetts failed to adopt greenhouse gas limits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:57
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has sided with environmental groups that sued the state for failing to adopt strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

Ex-bank manager sentenced for taking $5M for gambling, cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:54
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former bank manager who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $5 million from a bank branch she managed in southwest Ohio has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison.

Police say fight involving black Iowa student wasn't a hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:54
The student, Marcus Owens, told police after the incident on the night of April 30 that he had been attacked by three white men who had used racial slurs, prompting an investigation by local police and the FBI into whether the altercation was a racially motivated hate crime, authorities said.

New York could become 1st state to ban declawing of cats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:49

A cat named Rubio walks in front of the podium during a news conference on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. New York would be the first state to ban the declawing under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.


NTSB blames distracted engineer for deadly Amtrak wreck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:48

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator Ted Turpin presents his report at the NTSB meeting in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, on the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in Philadelphia lat year. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The speeding Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, most likely ran off the rails because the engineer was distracted by word of a nearby commuter train getting hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.


Judge to decide if Georgia immune from slave descendant suit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:46

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, J.J. Wilson 9, rides a school bus to catch a ferry to the his school on the mainland from his home in the Hog Hammock community of Sapelo Island, Ga. Eight children catch a ferry in the morning to attend school on the mainland since the last school operating on the island closed in 1978. Slave descendants known as Gullah, or as Geechee in Georgia, live in small island communities scattered over 425 miles of the Southern Atlantic coast, where their ancestors worked on plantations before they were freed by the Civil War. (AP Photo/David Goldman)BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday she will decide soon whether Georgia agencies are immune from a lawsuit claiming discrimination and neglect have eroded one of the last Gullah-Geechee communities of slave descendants on the Southeast coast.


Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:41

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. Congress is ready to act on President Barack Obama’s long-stalled request for emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects and other major health problems. Obama requested $1.9 billion three months ago for several purposes, including creating a vaccine for the disease, taking steps to control the mosquitoes that spread Zika and helping other countries battle the virus. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama's request for money to combat the Zika virus.


Police: Iowa student lied about being victim of hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:37
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A black University of Iowa student lied about being the victim of a hate crime and was actually an aggressor during several drunken fights that began inside a bar, police said Tuesday.

Man rescued from West Philadelphia collapse was there illegally, city says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:36

Man rescued from West Philadelphia collapse was there illegally, city saysA man rescued by firefighters after a floor collapsed at a home in West Philadelphia was there illegally, city officials say.


Lawyer for Waco biker seeks to disqualify district attorney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:33
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An attorney for one of the nearly 200 bikers arrested after a shooting melee outside a Waco, Texas, restaurant last year that left nine dead filed a motion Tuesday seeking to disqualify the district attorney and others from participating in any of the pending cases.

Cannes a coming-out party for Amazon Studios

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:30

From left, actress Blake Lively, director Woody Allen, actress Kristen Stewart and actor Jesse Eisenberg arrive for the screening of the film Cafe Society and the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CANNES, France (AP) — The party, stocked with pretty people and schmoozing filmmakers, looked like any other at the Cannes Film Festival except for the neon lights on the wall that glowed "Amazon Studios."


Almost half of heart attacks are silent; they're still risky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:28
CHICAGO (AP) — Almost half of all heart attacks cause no obvious symptoms, yet they can still be life-threatening, according to research on more than 9,000 middle-aged men and women.

Pa. teacher sorry for comparing special needs student to Hitler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:24

Pa. teacher sorry for comparing special needs student to HitlerA Pennsylvania school teacher has apologized for writing emails saying that accommodating a special needs student was similar to appeasing Adolf Hitler.


Man chaperoning Boy Scout trip dies in rafting accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:21
WEST FORKS, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts man chaperoning his son's Boy Scout trip to Maine died after falling into the water on a whitewater rafting trip, officials said.

Company charged in oil spill that fouled California beaches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:18

FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, an oil-covered bird flaps its wings amid at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. Plains All American Pipeline said in a statement Tuesday, May 17, 2016, that a California grand jury has indicted the company and one of its employees in connection with the pipeline break. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast last year was indicted on dozens of criminal charges in the disaster that closed popular beaches and killed sea lions and birds, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Report: Police officer screenings were shorter than required

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 01:09
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's inspector general is recommending that the city consider civil action against a psychological-services firm after finding that many of its mental health screenings for prospective police officers were shorter than required.

The Latest: Lawyer: North Charleston police study great news

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:57

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey speaks with reporters during a news conference at North Charleston City Hall in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Federal officials planned Tuesday to give details of their official review of the police department in North Charleston, where a former officer faces state and federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Justice Departments plans to review operations of the North Charleston Police Department. (all times local):


Officer responding to call hurt in crash on South Street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:57

Officer responding to call hurt in crash on South StreetA Philadelphia police officer who was responding to a call is recovering after a crash on South Street.


Guy Clark, Grammy-winning musician, dead at 74

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:51

Guy Clark, Grammy-winning musician, dead at 74Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, who helped mentor a generation of songwriters and wrote hits like "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," has died. He was 74.


Complaint: US Border and Customs officers abusing residents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:45

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2008 file photo, South bound vehicles leave El Paso, Texas and enter Juarez, Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas international port of entry. Immigrant advocates are complaining about U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' actions toward residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and New Mexico. A coalition of advocacy groups said Tuesday, May 17, 2016, that they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleging at least 13 residents have experienced abuse, including being falsely accused of being prostitutes to having legal document seized for no reason. (Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times via AP, File) OUT EL PASO, EL DIARIO OUT, JUAREZ, MEXICO, EL DIARIO DE EL PASO OUTALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and New Mexico face repeated verbal and physical abuse from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Customs officers, including accusations of being prostitutes and the seizure of their legal documents without cause, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by a coalition of advocacy groups.